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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2014 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: April 15-17, 1999 Warfield - A few questions, ect.

Even though Phil did perform in '98, it's been said that these shows were his coming out party for his post GD career. Was this the sense at the time?

If you were there, what was the feel of the crowd? Anyone go to the whole run? The vid of VLB is electric.

Oh, what might have been through the years if Kimock and (apparently) Jill Lesh had not crossed swords.

I've loved me this playlist, longtime. This is some of the very best of this music, post Garcia. What's not on it, not so much. I would love to listen to this and know which guitarist was soloing when. Gimme just a little sugar somebody, please!- who is playing guitar in the first solo in Help?

Viola Lee Blues
Help on the Way>
Franklin's Tower
Tennessee Jed
Prince Caspian
St. Stephen>
The Eleven
Unbroken Chain
Dark Star>
It's Up To You
Stella Blue
Dark Star>
My Favorite Things
Mississippi Half Step
Bird Song
Terrapin Station>
Dark Star
And We Bid you Goodnight

All that there is out on vid (for now) are eight songs from April 15th >

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 11, 2014 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April 15-17, 1999 Warfield - A few questions, ect.

Lush's coming out party was in '97.
Goaded by Davd Gans to join one of his endless configurations of underemployed musicians- this particular one called the 'Broken Angels- he rediscovered the fan base (that he wasn't sure was still out there) and the joy of performing live. He was awakened to the musical possibilities of a post-Jerry world.

This from Gans' Wikipedia page:
"Gans is credited by many for encouraging Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh to emerge from retirement. Lesh played several shows with David Gans and the Broken Angels in late 1997 and early 1998. Gans assembled interesting combinations of musicians for Lesh to jam with in a series of benefits for Lesh's Unbroken Chain Foundation, culminating with a sold-out show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on January 31, 1998. Shortly after that event, Lesh began assembling ensembles of his own and touring as Phil Lesh and Friends."

It is my pet theory that Gans has always been privately saddened that there was never a payback- he was never invited to join any of the Phil and Friends configurations for so much as one night. After all, it was Phil who said on Gans' 'Dead To The World' program earlier in '97 (that was eventually rebroadcast as a Grateful Dead Hour that same year) that 'the Grateful Dead was the only band I ever wanted or needed to be in.'
His grief or whatever at Jerry's passing had him at that point clearly without plans or ambition for future music making. Gans helped mightily at bringing him out of that and Phil has never properly acknowledged that publicly IMO.

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Poster: nwgj Date: Jan 12, 2014 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April 15-17, 1999 Warfield - A few questions, ect.

As an east coaster, I didn't see any of these shows, but at the time I was following what was happening pretty closely. While Phil had been out and about since 97 (96 actually -- he popped up at some Hornsby gigs), my memory is that the April 99 Phil shows felt very different from prior Phil gigs because of his operation, the all-star cast, and the lack of other GD members. It was a total wet dream for Phish fans, of course. Most Kimockheads had been pretty let down by the back-seat role he played in the Other Ones, so it there was high hope that SK would get some more spotlight time to cut loose besides Phil. I remember most folks being relatively let down by the Other Ones reunion, and anticipation was MUCH higher for these shows than for prior P&F shows. The fact that the setlists and performances went so far beyond anyone's expectations really made these feel like the first legitimately Magical post-GD music. imho, of course, but I'm pretty sure that was the sense everyone had after these shows.

Most of the P&F shows from the next few months were excellent -- Billy was on board as the sole drummer for the July shows, then the August tour had a fun setup with a rotating cast of players but still had some serious moments (I remember 8/14 Red Rocks being my fave). I remember the October shows being relatively unheralded at the time, but there's some amazing stuff happening there, too. Heard this one?

Then whatever happened between Kimock and the Leshes happened pretty suddenly and Kimock bailed on the fall Phil/Dylan tour. I did see the 11/15/99 show, and I remember that at least one of those guitarists was a very last-minute addition (Jorma maybe?). I didn't think the music was happening, and the acoustics in Barton Hall didn't help any. Understandable, but it was still disappointing.

fyi, micah: Kimock is playing the first solo in Help on 4/16. Trey starts playing @3:07. I remember that Trey seemed to get more of the spotlight on 4/16, whereas 4/17 felt lik more of a Kimock show. But it's been a while…

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2014 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil's take

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Jan 12, 2014 4:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April 15-17, 1999 Warfield - A few questions, ect.

This was a nice show with Jorma, Haynes, and Derek opening for Dylan:

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jan 12, 2014 2:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April 15-17, 1999 Warfield - A few questions, ect.

Then and now I considered 1999 to be a real Renaissance period for the world of post-Garcia GD music. I saw Phil play with the Other Ones in 98, and it was fun, but the difference between what they did in 1998 and what Phil did just the following Summer is astounding. 1999 (especially Summer) was/is a great year for Phil and Friends material. Can't say I listen to much stuff from the Other Ones 98 tour.

The Phriends show from 4/15 was the first show I ever got in trade on CD-R's, so perhaps that makes that run special for me, but honestly it's been years since I've listened to much if anything from that run. Great run it was, though. I'm particularly fond of the week of shows that got kicked off with the Viola Lee tribute to Dick at Red Rocks on 8/13.

Anyway I wasn't there but I definitely consider 1999 to be the real big Comeback Year for Phil, sure he played with folks here and there and did the Other Ones thing, but it wasn't until 99 when he dealt with the liver and REALLY started getting off on playing old music new ways with new people, bringing back old songs, etc. For me, when it comes to Phil, that period between 1999-2003 or so was a wonderful, beautiful, magical era where you really could expect greatness, and got it consistently, more consistently than the GD had seen in decades. In short, I agree.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2014 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks take

Dick Latvala
02:11am Apr 16, 1999 PDT (#312 of 330)

ok, let me be the first to give a first hand account of the monsterous
magic that occurred at the Warfield Theater last night. (4/15/99) I deliberately
stayed away from the worksite this past week so that I didn't hear what
these guys were working on. I was afraid that I would be greatly
dissappointed if they simply did renditions of GD or Phish tunes. I wanted
a free form jamming experience from these awfully talented group of
musicians. I figured that Trey wouldn't stand for anything half-assed and
boy was I not prepared for what ensued. This was one of those nights where
you knew while it was happening that miracles and magic was at hand. This
was easily the finest most brilliant music that I have seen live in many a
year. Another apprehension that I was operating from was that Steve would
"lay back", as is his style. Last night the man was playing like Warren
Haynes, and Trey and Steve showed a sense of communication that has far
outseeded anything that I have ever heard before. It was like these 2 guys
were in some kind of mind meld. It seemed like they had been playing
together for all their lives. It was extremely smooth in delivery. Page
and Molo were perfection. Phil was appearing to me to be looking quite
proud of what he started. I still will never recover from the awesomely
aggressive manner in which Steve and Trey layed their lines down. This was
indeed an historical night. And what could be better than getting to go
for the next two nights. John Cutler and Jeffrey Norman recorded these 3
shows on 24 track A-DAT. I can't help but see this show come out in its
entirety. These guys were serious and they delivered the real goods.
I'm somewhat anxious to hear what anybody else, that was there, felt about
the music. I was amazed and thrilled and proud of the effort. Sometimes it
seems very clear that special music can "cure" any sickness you have. This
experience was right up there with the closing of Winterland. Is that
enough hi-per-bully?